|Let's be honest, this is probably what you are here for!|
|"It's just like the story of the grasshopper and the octopus. All year long the grasshopper kept burying acorns for winter while the octopus mooched off his girlfriend and watched TV. |
Then the winter came, and the grasshopper died, and the octopus ate all his acorns and also he got a racecar. Is any of this getting through to you?"
January has started with a bang! Last week were some tricky exams, one of which gave particular grief, and also an essay to complete from a field trip to The Great Orme in Llandudno, Wales way back in November. Hot on the heels of that was another specialist WW2 airsoft day, and an excellent one at that! The game was a continuation on some past events we weren't able to attend, set in the Italian campaign although that means very little when it's the middle of winter- no summer uniforms here!
Me and my friend signed up for the the British/Commonwealth squad- one of three, the others being US and a 'Command' squad of maybe the site owners I think. The German side also had 3 squads or Zugs, so overall with 7-9 people per squad on both sides this added up to a huge attendance!
It was a woodland site with some large clearings and mini fielded areas with buildings and huts. The day wasn't just a "allies go capture axis bases", instead each squad had a days worth of mission sheets to carry out, including objectives such as retrieving a supply drop (full of sweets aww yeah!), 'blowing up' outposts, killing 4 enemies, capturing a German and deploying smoke signals at set points. The point was that the mission trumped combat, as there were point rewards for a successful completion of a sheet. You could avoid and skirt fights but of course sometimes multiple squads all converge in one spot!
The Brits did very well, completing everything that was set out, and only getting caught up badly twice. Everything else fell into our favour and we were quite good at harassing the enemy. I didn't really have a clue about the site's layout but there were a couple of guys who acted as guides and squad leaders to sort the rest of us sorry lot out! Overall the end score was apparently Allied: 930 Axis: 920 so a close call, although at the time it felt like the Allies definitely had the momentum in the afternoon.
I died 4 times: once by ambush, a friendly fire incident, being too slow at stalking a Jerry in the bush, and by a grenade at the end. Overall I suppose I didn't kill very many, with only 2 confirmed hits, and maybe another 2 as assists, plus plenty of help suppressing people. I did kill an American, and no less than one of the organisers wearing bright Military Police markers . Someone yelled the Germans were flanking left through the bushes so of course I shot at the first head shuffling through in what seemed like their location. Nope, Yanks. 1 for 1 as one of his squad plinked me on the helmet seconds later!
It's the squad tactics that make these special games shine. I can rack up something like 17-25 kills to 10-15 deaths on a normal airsoft open day- but they're just a disorganised romp (albeit enjoyable ones mind you).
Everyone's kit was very impressive and we saw a few cool custom guns too, including no less than 2 spring powered Lee Enfields and the wrong end of an MG 34 . The pricey Enfield beauties are the endgame goal for me and my friend. Some day...
A whole bunch of photos appeared here: www.facebook.com/media/set/?se… plus some more if you check the group's albums. I'm in a few but unfortunately never made it into a stylish action pic, mostly just standing around or in the background. Hint: I'm in Brit uniform, have a M1A1 with a short mag, have thick rimmed Bolle safety glasses, have no insignia, water bottle or pack. My uniform is rather baggy, even as far as the potato sack battledress goes. I think I ordered 1 size too big for already generous fits.
Hey yeah I've not forgot about Robert Lutece. He looks quite nifty I suppose but I was having some trouble getting good photos. Now that I have finished my exams and coursework is yet to start again I'll see to making the instructions and putting everything together. When with Rosalind be ready? God Only Knows...
I'm entertaining the idea of doing something like this again. I've really got Elder Scrolls stuff on the brain right now and would love to do something related to that. Please comment or Note if interested!